Avengers: Endgame will always remain a visual as well as an emotional experience of all time for its massive fan base. The film witnessed the end to Iron Man/ Tony Stark’s era, and that meant more than anything to most of us. However, did you know Robert Downey Jr. was rejected by Marvel studios for the titular role? Below is all the scoop you need!
It was all revealed by current Marvel Studios’ president Kevin Feige, during a 2019 panel discussion at the New York Film Academy. He revealed what a big risk it was to hire Robert Downey Jr. as it could all turn upside down and become the ‘biggest dumpster fire’, but they still managed to convince the studios to take the chance.
“I remember speaking to the marketing team at Paramount, because Paramount released [Iron Man], saying that if we did our job, Tony Stark will be as famous as Iron Man; Tony Stark will be as well-known and as much of a household name as Iron Man because that’s how interesting the character has to be,” said the Marvel President.
Furthermore, he added to how it all turned out to be beautiful and now they can’t imagine an MCU without Robert Downey Jr. Feige said, “Literally, the first decision I made and was allowed to make and allowed to try to pursue as president of Marvel Studios was casting Robert Downey Jr. and it felt fun to do that because we knew it’d either be great or the biggest dumpster fire ever. There’s very little wiggle room. It ended up being great and I’ve always said ‘No RDJ, no MCU.’”